Happy Friday, the end of this week feels so similar to last, except this time … an even better ending! We have been hit with another snowstorm, much bigger, & today marks my fifth day at home with Waverly in the past two weeks!  I guess dreams really do come true. 🙂

Here are my FIVE!

1.  Winter-Wear.  We are not even close to being used to this kind of weather in VB, thank goodness that we bought all types of winter clothing for Waverly just in case we got a snow flurry this season.

Waverly’s jacket & pants are both from H&M, which remains one of my favorite places for both her wardrobe & my own!  And her Hunters, this is yet another example of why Hunter boots are officially the best pair of shoes ever.

2.  Vests.  We really are experiencing the craziest weather ever!  Before the biggest snowstorm I can ever remember hit this week, we were able to make it outside bundled up with only a glamorous little vest.  I LOVE, love a good vest & can not get enough of them this season!

Vests are also easy to buy big so that they will last for more than one year, most of the ones we have this year are 2T & still manageable. I am loving this one currently on sale at Baby Gap!

2.  Mason Jar Cups.  I have had a love of mason jars ever since we used them at my wedding, somehow everything tastes better from a mason jar.  Since Waverly is going through the what mama has, I want phase (which is actually pretty adorable, for now at least!), she loves mason jars, too.

This one with a lid is actually from Walmart (totally lucky find!) & as usual, she looks way cuter than I do drinking from it.
4.  Valentines Chocolate-Covered Pretzels.  With all of this extra time at home lately, I literally cannot stop baking.  I mean, I really think it is an issue & have decided that if I was home during all of the winter seasons, I would be obese.
These pretzels are so easy, super delicious & the perfect combination of salty & sweet.

5.  Soup.  We are total soup people & pretty much make some sort of soup once a week during this time of year.  I love that they are relatively easy & can last more than one day, both are basic guidelines when it comes to me & cooking. We had this chicken & vegetable soup last night, I definitely recommend it. (Thanks again, Pinterest!).

Thank you to Darci, Liz & the rest of the hosts of this link-up.  We wish everyone the HAPPIEST of weekends, cannot believe that tomorrow marks the start to February!
Bring it on, we are ready & are feeling the LOVE!! 🙂

As we ended the past year & I started to think about how I could better myself in 2014, I immediately knew that it was time to change a few aspects of our daily routine.  I am totally a schedule kind of girl, I thrive on routine even though sometimes I wish that wasn’t the case.  As a mom, that obviously doesn’t always happen … I’m sure others can vouch for that! 😉  Yet for the most part, Waverly Maye does best on some some sort of schedule, just like her mama.

Ever since Waverly was out of the “newborn, we are just hanging on for dear life” phase, we have consisently had her on some sort of bedtime routine.  I read both “Babywise” & “Heathy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” & while I totally know you can’t live life off a book, both were great in helping us figure out what in the hell we were doing! ðŸ˜‰  The biggest lessons I took from both books were the effectiveness of a bedtime “ritual” & teaching your baby to fall asleep on her own.  We have definitely had our sleep struggles, but the majority of the time, Waverly is a pretty good sleeper & I attribute it to trying to stick by those guidelines most of the time.

Since it has always worked so well for us, Waverly’s bedtime routine each night is a bath, PJs, book & lights out at 7!  I used to rock her for a while but after we were done breastfeeding, I had convinced myself that she wouldn’t sit still or that it would mess up those guidelines .  That paired with the fact that I was usually starving since my husband & I didn’t eat together until well after she went to bed … mama & mini time in the rocking chair has been few & far between  for a while now.  Honestly, it had gotten to the point that I was “rushing” through bedtime every night, quickly going through the motions so that I could finish cleaning the house & finally eat after such a long day.

After brainstorming about this link-up & choosing the word “present” for 2014, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I wasn’t taking full advantage of that time of evening with my little family.  That this really is such a special time of our lives, & how crazy it was that I wasn’t “present” with my girl during those moments before she went to sleep for the night.  We have since made some changes.  I make dinner & give Waverly a bath before my husband gets home from work, then we all eat dinner TOGETHER at a much earlier time.  After that, we play for a bit & then I rock Waverly to sleep while Joe cleans up dinner (yea, I lucked out there!).  With a clear head, full stomache, & nothing to think about but her.

The changes may seem trivial, but I can’t even tell you the difference it has made!!  For one, I love the fact that we have started family dinners.  I know that really is the time to “talk” to your kids about their day & even though Waverly is still way too young for that, it really is never too early to start!
Yet for now, what is even more important to me is time with Waverly in the rocking chair.  I can’t even believe it, she actually sits right with me as content as can be.  I sing to her, over & over & she lays there with her little eyes open looking right back at me.  Without a doubt, it has become my favorite time of day & the only downfall is that I never want to leave!  We must sit in that chair together for at least thirty minutes a night & I feel like an entirely new mom because of it. 🙂  I guess I was so stuck in our old schedule that I didn’t realize how something so “little” could make such a big difference. 

Jess & I are so thankful for all the support we have gotten for “It’s the Little Things”!  We are overwhelmed with your support, your positive feedback & most of all, that you want to be a part of it!!  Feel free to download our logo below, to use on your own blog or on Instagram!

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We can’t wait to read your special moments today & each Wednesday, all you have to do is write your post with whatever “little thing” it is that you would like to share & link-up with either Jess or me below!  Thanks again & HAPPY halfway through the week. 🙂

I am sure that for many of you, two inches of snow would hardly be something even worth mentioning.  You wouldn’t have gotten off work for two days, you wouldn’t have been advised to go to the grocery store to stock up, & for sure, your entire city wouldn’t have shut down.  Yet for us, it does & it did.  Literally, the bottom of the TV screen scrolled … Virginia Beach:  Closed.

In VB, even the sight of a flurry is a really, really big deal.

Gap Snowsuit (No Longer Available @ Gap, Did Find on EBay!)
 I’m going to go ahead & refer to this as Waverly’s first snow, it snowed a few flurries last year but she was six months old & we literally sat her on top of it as she stared. 
I’ll admit that also during that “slight snowfall” last year, I pulled over on the interstate in a complete panic over driving in it with Waverly in the car.  There was maybe one flurry on the ground & yes, I was that idiot sitting with my baby in the backseat on the side of the road, on the phone with my husband, dad AND brother begging them to come save us.  They didn’t & instead insisted I act like a grown-up mom & drive home. I did, we made it. 🙂
This year, we definitely stayed home.  There was tons of white stuff for us to look at, put our hands in, & of course to play in like we were little kids again.  With our favorite little kid.
At first, Waverly really wasn’t into it AT ALL.  I was so excited for her to see it that I attempted to take her out before she ate her favorite waffles & strawberries, which was a total fail.  This little lady doesn’t function without eating.  Even if there is a blanket of snow, food is way more important to her & I totally don’t blame her.
By our second trip out though, she loved, LOVED it, was in awe, & had an absolute blast.
We brought out my husband’s bodyboard & took her sledding around the yard.  It was absolutely one of those “little things” moments that I know I won’t ever forget.  Have I mentioned that having kids makes everything so much better?!  It was the best & so much fun.
The next day, school was still closed so I got to enjoy one more day as a SAHM. 🙂  We bundled up our snow bunny once more, good thing we got lots of “winter gear” just in case it snowed this year.

Similar Jacket & Gap Boots (No Longer Available)
As for now, it has been so freezing that we still have flurries on the ground & they are calling for a second even bigger snowstorm this week.  Am I allowed to say that we are over it & would like to request spring instead?!  I mean, we saw it, conquered it, had the best time, would like it to happen once again NEXT year… but really, we are warm weather girls. 🙂

Don’t forget to link-up tomorrow for “It’s the Little Things”.  See this post for details, we will be posting that morning & you will be able to link-up at that time.  Thanks again for your support!!!

This little princess is halfway to TWO, happy 18 months Waverly Maye!!
Stats:  No official stats until Waverly’s 18 month appointment, but my guess is not much has changed … still about average for weight, way low for height & way high for that sweet head of hers! 😉 Waverly still fits in mostly 12-18 month clothes, but we are still buying big & rolling up just about everything.  After 18 months of practice, that is totally my best piece of baby fashion advice.  Buying big saves money, saves you from the emotional breakdown of packing clothes away, & keeps those cute fashion finds around for longer!  Waverly’s princess sweatshirt is for a 1 & a half year old, yet she wears it with the sleeves rolled up & will be rocking it (proudly, I’m sure!) for at least another year!

Current Words & Other Milestones:  Waverly is picking up on new things so fast lately that I recently bought a snazzy little notebook to record new milestones on a daily basis!  She is learning new words all of the time & MOST of them we can figure out, yet there are many sounds we haven’t yet mastered.  She repeats them over & over though, so we know that they mean something to her!  The biggest breakthrough this month is the fact that she can now really communicate with us, she answers questions with the cutest “yea” ever.  And I’m convinced that she understands way more than we give her credit for, so we are totally moving into the “watch everything you say” territory!

Other than her vocabulary, a definite memorable milestone this month is that Waverly can say (& show us) that she is ONE!

Naturally, every time she puts up that finger we ALL give her the biggest round of applause ever!  So now, she will do it all day long (especially when we tell her no) & then laugh when we freak out over her accomplishment.  I’m pretty sure she really thinks we are a bunch of morons for how impressed we are with something so easy. And I am also sure that is not even near the last time she will have that thought.
Waverly Maye also knows all of her body parts, including her belly button!!  It’s the little things, right?!!

Teeth & Sleep:  One nap a day for this little lady which ironically, lasts about 2 1/2 hours on the days I am at work & about 20 minutes on the weekends.  Obviously, this doesn’t give me anytime to get anything done pretty much ever, but how can I complain?!  Instead, I just chalk it up to the fact that she obviously wants to spend more mama & mini time! 🙂  No new teeth this month but the ones she has are too adorable when she flashes that sweet smile.
Favorite Foods: Waverly’s favorite food of the moment is lima beans, hands down.  Edamame follows as a close second.  No lie, we will give her a plate full of carbs, sweets, you name it … & she throws back the veggies like they are french fries before even thinking about anything else.  Ummm, wish I could feel that way?!

Favorite Toys & Activities:  A big change this month is how much more independent Waverly has become.  Some days it makes me so sad, I will try so hard to get her to pay attention to me but girlfriend is busy with her toys & way too cool for her mama!  For the most part though (thank goodness!), we will spend lots of togetherness time with her puzzles, jewelry, crayons, & most of all, her babies.  She still loves those baby dolls to pieces & even insists that her favorite sleeps with her each night.  Totally the cutest thing ever.

Least Favorite Activities:  Anything that involves staying still is very much a challenge, this girl is wild as they come!  (We actually call her “spirited,” a book I was reading said that was the more positive way to phrase it!).  Waverly really is so full of energy & while that is one of the many things I LOVE about her, it also makes for really challenging trips to Target or the grocery store.  We are slowly working through it, thanks to a special stop at the front of Target for a smoothie each time we go.  Maybe not the best parenting move, but sometimes a Target addict has gotta do whatever she can do. 😉 I also have found that letting Waverly walk below the cart & “help me” push it is very effective, yet this never lasts long before she is running through the aisles like a mad woman.  With me desperately chasing after her, more times than I am willing to admit!

Extra Comments:  Watching this little lady’s personality grow by the day is just too much fun. More than ever, we are getting a glimpse into the kind of girl she will grow up to be … one that is silly, sweet, full of life & oh so dramatic!!  Totally her mama’s daughter. 🙂 Just like every other month, we have had the highest of highs & a few lows.  Even 18 months into this whole parenthood thing, I still feel like I learn something new all of the time, & that Waverly & I are both figuring out this whole life thing together.  I love her TOO much, words really can’t describe it, & I cannot wait to continue to watch her grow!!

We hope everyone is having the best weekend, looking forward to our “It’s the Little Things” link-up this Wednesday. thanks again for your support!!  We can’t wait! 🙂

Happy Friday!  We have had one of the BEST weeks ever, the first snow of the year & two days off school because of it!  I obviously loved being home with Waverly Maye all day long & now can be even more jealous of all you SAHMs. 😉
Here is what else I am LOVING this week!
1.  Jean Jackets.  I always love a jean jacket, anytime of the year & for most occasions.  They are so versatile, classic & are good for both grown-up girls & our little ones, too. 
My Jacket & Waverly’s Jacket (Similar)
Waverly & I did a guest post at Nessa’s World this week (go over & check out her blog!), we talked all about our momma & mini must-haves and I would definitely classify a jean jacket at the top of that list.  For both of us, even sometimes at the exact same time. 😉
2.  Valentines Garland.  New holiday, new garland.  I am officially calling it Valentines season at our house, we are knee-deep in pink, red & hearts & I adore it!!  I am excited to share some fun details soon, but for now, this Valentines garland is too fun not to include on this list!
And even better, it is currently on sale online!  I just may buy one for every room in the house.
3.  Heart Brownies.  With lots of extra quality time together & Valentines Day on the brain this week, it was the perfect opportunity to make heart brownies!  I am loving the fact that Waverly is now at the age that she can help me with these sorts of things.  (I say help, it was obviously more of a huge mess, but so memorable & yes, very worth it.)
4.  Simply Sophisticated.  My friend, Kelly has opened up the cutest online boutique & I am so happy for her!  I got this gold bracelet from there & can see lots of outfits with it in the future!  My obsession with gold continues so it is just perfect, & for what it’s worth … my mini-fashionista totally approves, she said “oooooh” as soon as I put it on!
5.  Other than all of the extra time with Waverly, a special highlight of this week has been so much positive feedback for our “It’s the Little Things” project that officially kicks off next Wednesday, January 29th.  Jess & I are beyond grateful for all of the support & would LOVE for everyone to join in!  See this post for more details. 🙂
Thank you to Darci, Liz & the rest of the hosts of this link-up.  Happy weekend to all of you, sending (thoughts of?) warm weather your way!!